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Should I remove Savings Sidekick?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8,082
United States Rank #11,982
Reach 0.0501%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 39.21 days
1156.70 days >
Average installed length: 607.76 days


VersionDistribution 14.17% 35.02% 11.03% 5.47% 34.31%

Savings Sidekick

What is Savings Sidekick?

Savings Sidekick from 215 Apps (Amazing Apps) installs a web browser extension (Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object) to view web pages loaded and looks for affiliated merchants in order to possibly provide better pricing or alternative deals on a given product or merchant. Basically if Savings Sidekick (215 Apps) has a pre-arranged affiliate relationship with a similar merchant it will alert you when you visit through your web browser.

About  (from 215 Apps)

The Savings Sidekick shopping companion will help save you money by finding and presenting the top active coupons for the site you're browsing. After installation it will let you know when there are coupons by showing a counter in the top right of Web sites. Coupons from Savings Sidekick apply with a single click, maki...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. The primary executable is named Savings Sidekick.dll. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 2.9 MB (3,043,934 bytes).

This browser extension utilizes Crossrider framework, a cross-browser toolbar/plugin platform used to develop, deploy and monetize web browser toolbars for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Crossrider extension provide monetization options, mostly potentially unwanted apps, for toolbars including coupons, search assistant (home page and search hijacking) and in-text contextual advertising. Many adware programs (defined by a number of anti-virus vendors) are built using Crossrider as it provides a quick an easy way to deploy ad-supported features that will assist in browser search hijacking.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Uses the Crossrider toolbar framework
  • During install it may hijack/modify the browser's homepage and search provider
  • Runs disconnected from the browser as a background process
  • Delivered through a thrid-party offer
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Savings Sidekick.
Uninstall.exe (a12ab359f2281ada116d4b9885ed577b) has been flagged by the following 30 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1119 Adware.Agent.NNP
Avira AntiVir Adware/Agent.NNP
AVG 2015.0.3597 MalSign.Skodna
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.Agent.aNRd
Bitdefender Adware.Agent.NNP
Bkav FE HW32.CDB
CAT-QuickHeal Adware.Crossid (Not a Virus)
Comodo Security 17501 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.14
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.NNP
ESET-NOD32 8.9190 Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.B
Fortinet FortiGate 1/11/2014 W32/Toolbar_CrossRider.B
F-Secure 11.2014-11-01_7 Adware.Agent.NNP
G Data 14.1.22 Adware.Agent.NNP
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 AdWare.Agent
K7 AntiVirus 13.174.10644 Trojan
K7GW 13.174.10644 Trojan ( 0048c26f1 )
Malwarebytes v2014.01.11.07 PUP.CrossRider.SSK
McAfee 5600.7253 Artemis!A12AB359F228
McAfee-GW-Edition 7.7253 Heuristic.BehavesLike.Win32.Suspicious-SFX.G
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.NNP
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Plugin.crbipj
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
Rising Antivirus PE:Trojan.Win32.Generic.143262AE!338846382
Sophos 4.96 AppRider
Symantec 1/11/2014 rev. 7 WS.Reputation
Trend Micro 10.465.11 TROJ_GE.4260EB95
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GE.4260EB95
Vba32 AntiVirus Trojan.Agent
VIPRE Antivirus 24774 GamePlayLabs (fs)
Savings Sidekick-bg.exe (507237fbd1eb59d98a488fb8bcc88ea5) has been flagged by the following 28 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.Agent.NNP
Avira AntiVir Adware/Agent.NNP
AVG MalSign.Skodna.4D3
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Agent.NNP
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 Adware.Crossid (Not a Virus)
Clam AntiVirus 0.97.3 Win.Adware.Agent-2199
Comodo Security 17501 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.14
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Agent.NNP (B)
ESET-NOD32 9190 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.H
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Agent.NNP
G Data 22 Adware.Agent.NNP
IKARUS anti.virus T3. AdWare.Agent
K7 AntiVirus 9.174.10623 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.174.10623 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Malwarebytes 1.75.0001 PUP.CrossRider.SSK
McAfee Artemis!507237FBD1EB
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!507237FBD1EB
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Agent.NNP
NANO AntiVirus Trojan.Win32.Plugin.crbipj
Panda Antivirus Suspicious file
Sophos 4.96.0 AppRider
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
Trend Micro 9.740-1012 TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0OLB13
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0OLB13
Vba32 AntiVirus Trojan.Agent
VIPRE Antivirus 24766 GamePlayLabs (v)
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Trojan.Win32.A.Agent.907648
Savings Sidekick.dll (a775a375b7634a7373c2972c91d34c7e) has been flagged by the following 27 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Gen:Variant.Adware.VidSaver.1
Agnitum Outpost PUA.Toolbar.CrossRider!
Avira AntiVir Adware/VidSaver.1.12
Antiy-AVL Trojan/Win32.SGeneric
AVG Skodna.4D3
Bitdefender 7.2 Gen:Variant.Adware.VidSaver.1
Clam AntiVirus Win.Adware.Vidsaver-1
Comodo Security 18507 ApplicUnwnt
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Gen:Variant.Adware.VidSaver.1 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9926 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.A
Fortinet FortiGate Adware/Fam.NB
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Gen:Variant.Adware.VidSaver.1
G Data 24 Gen:Variant.Adware.VidSaver.1
K7 AntiVirus 9.179.12358 Trojan ( 0048e4c01 )
K7GW 9.179.12358 Trojan ( 0048e4c01 )
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.SavingsSidekickPlugin.A
McAfee Artemis!A775A375B763
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!A775A375B763
MicroWorld-eScan Gen:Variant.Adware.VidSaver.1
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.VidSaver.crhsfe
Qihoo-360 Win32/Virus.Adware.499
Sophos 4.98.0 AppRider
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
Trend Micro 9.740.0.1012 TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0OIT13
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0CBC0OIT13
VIPRE Antivirus 30174 GamePlayLabs (v)
Savings Sidekick.exe (5c16b7080b30410aa11e1a213414712e) has been flagged by the following 18 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Adware.Generic.554125
Baidu-International HackTool.Win32.CrossRider.E
Bitdefender 7.2.5028.0 Adware.Generic.554125
Bkav FE W32.Clod4dc.Trojan.81cb
CAT-QuickHeal 12.00 Adware.Crossid (Not a Virus)
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.24
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.Generic.554125 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9239 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.E
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Adware.Generic.554125
G Data 22 Adware.Generic.554125
K7 AntiVirus 9.174.10689 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.174.10689 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Malwarebytes PUP.CrossRider.SSK
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.Generic.554125
Sophos 4.96.0 AppRider
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0CBH05J713
VIPRE Antivirus 25002 GamePlayLabs (v)
ButtonUtil.dll (ac05c4d372de62b65f0407172f20a01b) has been flagged by the following 15 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Avira AntiVir Adware/CrossRider.B
AVG MalSign.Skodna.4D3
Bkav FE W32.Clodf59.Trojan.fd4b
Comodo Security 17555 UnclassifiedMalware
Dr.Web Adware.Plugin.14
ESET-NOD32 9252 a variant of Win32/Toolbar.CrossRider.G
K7 AntiVirus 9.175.10735 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.175.10735 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!AC05C4D372DE
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!AC05C4D372DE
Sophos 4.96.0 Generic PUA JB
Symantec 20131.1.5.61 Adware.Crossid
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0CBH05JA13
VIPRE Antivirus 25104 GamePlayLabs (v)
Savings SidekickGui.exe (77a269ab18b8006de99bfbe7870edaa8) has been flagged by the following 5 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Bitdefender 7.2 Adware.Agent.NLK
F-Secure 9.0.16440.0 Adware.Agent.NLK
G Data 22 Adware.Agent.NLK
nProtect 2012-07-23.02 Adware.Agent.NLK
VIPRE Antivirus 12346 GamePlayLabs (v)
       View all 123 all detections
Savings Sidekick has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.50onred.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\savings sidekick
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\Savings Sidekick\Uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 2.9 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Savings Sidekick

Program module:Savings Sidekick.dll
Name:Savings Sidekick
Savings Sidekick BHO
Signed by:Awesome Apps
Path:C:\Program Files\savings sidekick\Savings Sidekick.dll
Savings Sidekick BHO is the Browser Helper Object installed into Internet Explorer which has the ability to access and monitor all loaded and requested web pages and content. Savings Sidekick is an adware type program that has causes...
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) Savings Sidekick.dll - Savings Sidekick (Savings Sidekick BHO)
  • (Malware detected) Savings Sidekick.exe - Savings Sidekick exe
  • (Malware detected) Savings Sidekick-bg.exe
  • (Malware detected) Savings SidekickGui.exe
  • (Malware detected) Uninstall.exe - Savings Sidekick Installer
  • (Malware detected) ButtonUtil.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • Savings Sidekick.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Savings Sidekick' with the class of {11111111-1111-1111-1111-110011501160} (CrossriderApp0005060).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Savings Sidekick-bg.exe
Memory:6.44 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0009720585%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00076872%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00020334%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Savings Sidekick?

You can uninstall Savings Sidekick from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Savings Sidekick, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Savings Sidekick.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by Savings Sidekick you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 68%
Win 7 0%
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 75.43%
Windows XP 13.04%
Windows Vista 9.10%
Windows 10 2.43%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 46.80%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.89%
Microsoft Windows XP 12.89%
Windows 7 Professional 9.24%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.11%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.25%

Distribution by countryGeography

24.13% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 24.13%
  Germany 16.24%
  Italy 6.06%
  Brazil 4.86%
  Spain 4.13%
  France 3.12%
  Austria 2.84%
  United Kingdom 2.20%
  Chile 2.02%
  Iran 2.02%
  Australia 1.93%
  Netherlands 1.93%
  Canada 1.93%
  Sweden 1.74%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 27.77%
Acer 21.83%
Dell 15.89%
ASUS 7.70%
Samsung 7.38%
Toshiba 5.78%
Intel 3.21%
Lenovo 1.77%
American Megatrends 1.61%
Medion 1.61%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.93%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 6.60%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.96%
Samsung 300E4A/300E5A/300... 3.30%
Acer Aspire 5738 2.31%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.31%

About 215 Apps

215 Apps developes a number of adware driven toolbar programs such as DropinSavings, Vid-Saver, Giant Savings, Savings Sidekick, etc.
Publisher URL: www.215apps.com

comments2 comments

user comment
expert comment
Alice.Wyman (Expert)over a year ago
Note, this is not the Savings Sidekick that is related to the Omaha coupon book (www.savingssidekick.com).
expert comment
Alice.Wyman (Expert)over a year ago
Savings Sidekick is an adware application that aims to gain money from PC users with continuously popping up contextual ads. It is released from a company called 215Apps that is the same company and software related to Giant Savings which is also browser adware.